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Mass. House Passes Minimum Wage Compromise

June 19, 2014 3:10 pm | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts moved closer to instituting the nation's highest minimum wage among states under a bill approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.               

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Ohio Coal Company Sues Over Emissions Rules

June 19, 2014 3:07 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's largest coal companies filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama's administration seeking to block the EPA's new carbon emissions rules for power plants.            

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Mercedes Workers Celebrate 'Made In USA' Milestone

June 19, 2014 3:04 pm | by Patrick Rupinski, The Tuscaloosa News | News | Comments

The first Mercedes C-Class that bears the claim "made in the USA" ceremoniously rolled off the assembly line at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance, AL this week.              

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Former Hostess Plant Up For Sale In Maine

June 19, 2014 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Flower Foods acquired the bakery last year and is selling the plant and eight other bakeries and 21 depots across the country.                     

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Industry Agrees To Ban 'Microbeads'

June 19, 2014 1:09 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways.

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Harley To Introduce Electric Motorcycle

June 19, 2014 1:06 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand to become a leader in developing technology and standards for electric vehicles.

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Deadline Set For Claims In Freedom Industries Case

June 19, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge has set an Aug. 1 deadline for financial claims by West Virginia residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated the local water supply.       

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Eaton To Pay $147.5M To Settle Trade Secrets Dispute

June 19, 2014 1:01 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Power management company Eaton Corp. will pay $147.5 million to settle a long-running trade secret dispute with aerospace firm Triumph Group that exploded into scandal and landed a state judge in prison.        

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Washington Residents Oppose Oil Shipments

June 19, 2014 12:59 pm | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee met in Spokane, a major railroad hub for the northern United States, to take testimony on a bill that seeks to improve the safety of those oil shipments.      

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Automotive Firm Navistar To Cut Jobs

June 19, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama automotive firm Navistar is preparing to consolidate an engine production plant and cut 280 workers in Huntsville.                       

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Japan Logs 23rd Month Of Trade Deficit

June 19, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan logged its 23rd successive month of trade deficits in May, as exports and imports both declined despite signs of recovering demand in the U.S. and Europe.               

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Scientist Receives World Food Prize For Wheat Advances

June 19, 2014 10:14 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A crop scientist credited with developing hundreds of varieties of disease-resistant wheat adaptable to many climates and difficult growing conditions was named Wednesday as the 2014 recipient of the World Food Prize.      

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Missouri Sues Tyson Over Fish Kill

June 19, 2014 10:12 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit Tuesday against Tyson Foods Inc. seeking civil penalties and compensation for state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.      

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1 Dead After Washington Fireworks Explosion

June 19, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A deadly blast at a fireworks plant in Washington state came as workers were preparing shells for shipping, an Entertainment Fireworks official says.                 

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Fed Sharply Cuts U.S. Economic Growth Forecast

June 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve has sharply cut its forecast for U.S. growth this year, reflecting a shrinking economy last quarter caused mostly by harsh weather.                 

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Porsche Takes Top Spot In New Car Quality Survey

June 19, 2014 10:05 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Porsche, Jaguar and Lexus were the best-performing brands in this year's survey. The worst performers were Fiat, Jeep and Mitsubishi.                    

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Lockheed Martin Lands $35.7M Army Deal

June 18, 2014 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin has landed a $35.7 million contract with the Pentagon to produce mobile, ground-based radar.                        

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Gov't Opens 2 New Chrysler Investigations

June 18, 2014 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday it has opened two new investigations into Chrysler over complaints that the ignition key could shut the engine off involuntarily and may cause air bags not to deploy in a crash. 

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Lawmakers Press GM On Report Findings

June 18, 2014 2:50 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

House members say they still have many questions about General Motors' delayed recall of small cars, including whether the company's culture has truly changed.               

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Entegris Opens New $55 Million Mass. Facility

June 18, 2014 2:49 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The facility will serve as the main innovation center for developing filtration and specialty coating technologies, which are used to improve yields in microelectronics manufacturing environments.         

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